Ideas for a Drought Tolerant Garden

Gardening in regions prone to drought can be difficult, since flower and plant selection is usually limited. However, a wide array of plants that do well in drier climates are available for the home gardener. Favorites such as the daylily and black-eyed Susan can be successfully grown in gardens prone to drought and are suitable alternatives to traditional flowers that typically require frequent and deep watering. Drought-tolerant plants are also generally low-maintenance, making them popular choices among beginner gardeners or those with limited time to devote to gardening.


The daylily is a rugged, long-lasting perennial with playful, trumpet-shaped flowers. They have little need for water and are hardy choices for the drought-prone garden. Plant daylilies in full sun for optimal bloom, but note that they can also survive in partial shade. They do best in well-draining, slightly acidic soils and typically reach heights of between 1 and 4 feet. Daylilies bloom in a large assortment of colors, from yellow, red, orange, pink, melon, gold and lilac. Because of its adaptability, the daylily is a favorite for both beginner and experienced gardeners, since a little care goes a long way for successful blooms. Daylilies often serve as a focal point in flower gardens when planted in mass and are commonly used as a border flower.


Peonies are perennial flowers known for their wide variety of colorful blooms. With shades ranging in red, coral, cream, purple, yellow, scarlet, white and pink, there are peonies to suit just about any type of garden. Peonies produce large blooms and begin their display in early or late spring, depending on the particular cultivar. Peonies are long-living flowers that reach heights of up to 3 feet. They do well throughout drought and actually prefer lighter watering. Plant these flowers in soil with good drainage and in areas with full-sun exposure. Peonies will also survive in partial shade if full sun is not available. Mulching during spring is recommended to help keep the soil cool.

Black-eyed Susan

The black-eyed Susan is a favored perennial wildflower. It has recently gained popularity in the home flower garden due to its easy maintenance and cheerful bloom displays throughout the summer. Black-eyed Susans are noted for their bright yellow petals surrounding a dark-brown center erected on a tall, upright stalk. They typically reach heights of up to 3 feet and will bloom until early fall with little care. The black-eyed Susan is a sun-worshipper and should be planted in areas with full sun exposure. Although the flower can tolerate a wide variety of soils, well-draining soil is preferred for optimal summer blooms. The black-eyed Susan will tolerate slight drought and is popular among drier regions.

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